Friday, September 30, 2011

Welcome to Portlandia

Above: Portland, Oregon. View of Mt. Tabor

Hey Bloggers,

I know it's been a while since I've posted a recipe, but I wanted to share with you what I've been up to lately while away from my computer. First, I embarked on my week long road trip with my copilot Rich Sedei, and drove through Denver, Colorado, the Rocky Mountains, Torrington, Wyoming, and finally Boise, Idaho before we finally made it safely to Portland. The drive was long....but so beautiful along the way. We decided to go camping in the Rocky Mountain National Park one night, only to realize how freezing cold it was and that it took more than a lighter to start a real campfire. The adventure then took us to a small town in Wyoming where my Aunt Sue lives, and we were able to catch up on some sleep in a city that had a higher elevation that population (4,500). I think Boise is where Rich hit a peak and decided this whole trip sounded a lot better before we left. The 2 full days of driving back to back really took a toll on the both of us.

Here are some pictures of the trip along the way:

So excited for the trip! Filled the car to the brim:)

20 hours later..

Rocky Mountain National Park

Above: Boise, Idaho

Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Needless to say, it was an amazing experience and I can't wait to continue exploring the beautiful Northwest.

Currently, I'm trying to find a part-time job to occupy most of my time this fall, as I'll only be taking 5 credits at the community college. Plus, I need some way to fund my expensive dining habits in this city. Here's a glimpse of what my meals have looked like:

Above: Vegan Reuben Sandwich w/
Citrus Kale Salad

Dessert: Homemade Chocolate Hazelnut Tiramisu

The food and music culture here is unbelievable. I have never seen so many unique ideas in restaurants, music venues, community events, etc. The Farmer's Markets are especially incredible. They might even be better than, dare I say, French Farmers' Markets! Local, organic EVERYTHING, delicious homemade meals and treats from any ethnic background imaginable, largest local breweries and barrel wine; it's hard to believe that live existed before all of this!

I will start posting some new recipes as soon as I settle into my new home and experiment with the unique 20 years-outdated appliances I get to use:)